Dare to laugh + bits and bobs

The Stephen Lewis Foundation is a Canadian NGO that helps counter HIV/AIDS in Africa at a grassroots level. Pat Thornton is a Toronto-based comedian who I’d never heard of until yesterday. What brought him to my attention was this blog post about the Dare to Remember campaign. Anyone can join this campaign. You just have to decide on a dare, then carry it out to raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Thornton’s dare is to do stand-up for 24 hours straight, starting November 15th at 6pm. In the process, he hopes to raise $6,000. What makes this dare even more awesome is that a friend of Thornton’s has decided that HE will raise money for the Dare to Remember by watching Thornton’s show for all 24 hours, and laughing at every joke. Now that’s a true friend!

Here’s some of Thornton’s stand-up:

You can donate to Thornton’s Dare to Remember here.

Best headline of the week: ‘IFC Picks Up Series About Competitive Facial Hair Growing

UPDATE 11/14: Loading Ready Run present: Olympic Beard Growing. Thanks Nathaniel. I wonder if the IFC series will be this exciting…

For those times when you really need to stop laughing: the Emergency Stop Laughing Kit (link courtesy of Teresa on Twitter).

What’s normal, anyway? Here‘s a brilliant comic about being weird.


About whoseroses

Rose is an arts administrator from Victoria, BC. She has worked at some of Canada's biggest and best festivals, including the Victoria Fringe Festival, Just for Laughs in Montreal, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the Victoria Film Festival. She co-founded the Winnipeg Spoken Word Festival, and helped produce the Victoria Spoken Word Festival. Rose is passionate about theatre, spoken word, comedy, and her community. She runs on festivals.
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